- A former commissioner for information and strategy in Lagos, Opeyemi Bamidele, has urged governorship aspirants in Ekiti to vote only their choices in the Saturday, May 5 primary
- Bamidele declared that his is the best man to be the next governor based on what he has achieved in the past in political offices
- He remarked that both APC leaders and member will play major roles in his administration, if he is elected
Opeyemi Bamidele, a governorship aspirant in the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti state, has appealed to delegates to refuse being bought over by politicians, but to vote only their choice of candidate in the party’s coming primary.
Bamidele, who is also the former commissioner for information and strategy in Lagos, said that APC's victory over the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should be uppermost in the minds of the delegates, the Punch reports.
He remarked that any money offered them by aspirants should be regarded as a gesture of generosity and not a ploy to buy their conscience ahead of the primary.
Bamidele said that based on his performance in political offices held in the past, he is the right man for the job. He urged the delegates to consider the pedigree of all aspirants and what they have achieved in the past as public officers, appealing to the leadership of the party to ensure a free, fair and credible primary.
He objected to the call made by some to former governors not to participate in the primary, explaining that it was their constitutional right if they believed they were best suited to handle the state's mantle of leadership.
Enjoining party leaders to ensure cohesion in the party, Bamidele promised to carry all members along if they voted for him as the APC standard bearer in the state governorship election.
He further said that the party and its leaders would play a major role in his government if elected, adding that he understood perfectly the role of the party in modern democracy and would pursue common interest of everyone.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that Prince Dayo Adeyeye, an ex-minister of state for works, had said that all the governorship aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti had resolved to form a force against Governor Ayodele Fayose's candidate for the state's primary.
The governor has named his deputy Kolapo Olusola, as his preferred candidate for the election which has been slated to take place on Saturday, May 5.
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